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Sukkot, Shmini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

Each year we enter the physical space of the Sukkah with joy and excitement for the holiday.

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Service TimesLulav & Etrog, Sukkah Kits, S'chach | Events | About Shmini Atzeret | About Simchat Torah

Service Times

Erev Sukkot, Sunday, October 9
6:15pm Erev Sukkot Service
6:21pm Candle Lighting

Sukkot Day 1, Monday, October 10
9:30am Sukkot Service
10:30am Youth Program
7:15pm Ma’ariv
7:20pm Candle Lighting

Sukkot Day 2, Tuesday, October 11
9:30am Sukkot Service
7:15pm Ma’ariv

Friday, October 14
No service

Saturday, October 15
7:15pm Havdalah in the Sukkah

Erev Shemini Atzeret, Sunday, October 16
8:30am Hoshanah Rabbah
6:00pm Erev Shemini Atzeret Service
6:11pm Candle Lighting

Shemini Atzeret, Monday, October 17
9:30am Shemini Atzeret Service (includes Yizkor)
7:00pm Erev Simchat Torah Service and Hakafot
7:10pm Candle Lighting

Simchat Torah, Tuesday, October 18
9:30am Simchat Torah Service and Hakafot
7:00pm Ma’ariv

Be prepared for Sukkot at home

Sukkot begins Sunday evening, October 9. Make sure you have everything you need to celebrate!

Lulav & Etrog

Shake your lulav and etrog. Order a set from OT to shake in your sukkah.

Order Deadline: Friday, September 16
Order your lulav & etrog here

Sukkah & S'chach (Sukkah roof)

Celebrate Sukkot with your own 8' x 10' Sukkah Kit from Men's Club and/or s'chach (bamboo roof) to complete your sukkah.

Order deadline: 1:00pm Friday, September 16
Order your sukkah & s'chach here

Shake Your Lulav

Need a refresher on how to shake your lulav and etrog? Watch Rabbi Kalender's walkthrough.

Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah Events

Sunflower Sukkot Delivery, order by Sunday, October 9, Pickup Thursday, October 13. Get delicious desserts and challah for Sukkot from Sunflower Bakery! Get ordering instructions here.

Machar Sukkah Decoration Party, Sunday, October 9, 12:30pm. Get creative with Machar (grades 3-5)! Join us to make decorations to be hung in the Olam Tikvah sukkah, or bring them home to your own sukkah! Register here.

Shakshuka b'Sukkah: Hazak Lunch in the Sukkah, Wednesday, October 12, 12:30pm. Celebrate Sukkot with Hazak (age 55+) in the OT sukkah. Enjoy a special lunch with our Shaliach, Yehoon, as we explore the origins of the egg and tomato dish, shakshuka. Register here by October 6.

Snacks in the Sukkah, Wednesday, October 12, 7:00pm. Join Men's Club for a fun night snacks, craft beer, and trivia in the OT sukkah! This event is FREE for paid-up Club members and new members to OT. For all others (21+ only), it is $5. Invite a friend! If you haven't submitted your Men's Club dues yet, now is a great time. Walk-ins welcome, but registration strongly encouraged. Register here by October 6.

Havdalah in the Sukkah, Saturday, October 15, 7:15pm. Come together in the OT sukkah for Havdalah and s'mores, sponsored by the Membership Committee. Register here by October 12.

Kadima/USY Limo Sukkah Hop, Saturday, October 15, 7:30pm. The Limo Sukkah Hop is back! We'll start with Havdalah at OT and then Kadima (grades 6-8) and USY (grades 9-12) will hop into a pair of limos to have a nosh in several sukkot across the OT community. Register here.

Shmini Atzeret

Celebrate Shmini Atzeret on Monday, October 17.

Shmini Atzeret is both a holiday unto itself and the eighth day of Sukkot. As a nod to both aspects, it is customary to eat meals in the sukkah on Shmini Atzeret (Sunday night and Monday), but not to recite the blessing for dwelling in the sukkah.

The Shmini Atzeret service will include Hallel, Yizkor and Geshem.

Hallel is a collection of Psalms recited on holidays and on Rosh Chodesh before the Torah service. It expresses our gratitude and joy for divine providence. The melody is truly joyful and we look forward to singing it as we end the fall holiday season.

We have the opportunity once more to recite Yizkor in remembrance of those who are no longer with us. Remember to light a yahrtzeit candle before the holiday begins on Sunday evening. Yizkor is on Monday morning following the Torah service.

Shmini Atzeret marks the beginning of the rainy season, which we note by adding mashiv ha-ruach u'morid ha-gashem (You cause the wind to blow and the rain to fall) to Musaf. On this day, we also sing Geshem, the prayer for rain, following the Yizkor service. This moving and beautiful prayer recalls the many ways that water is central to our lives and to our history.

Simchat Torah

Celebrate Simchat Torah on Tuesday, October 18.

On Simchat Torah ("Rejoicing with the Torah"), we celebrate reaching the end of the Torah and starting anew right away. Simchat Torah marks the end of our annual reading of the Torah with the final parasha of Devarim, and then we begin again immediately with Bereishit. It is a joyous holiday that celebrates our love of Torah.

The Simchat Torah morning service includes a recitation of Hallel, expressing our gratitude and joy for divine providence, as well as special honors for members of our community who represent our past and our future. Simchat Torah is the only time of year that everyone, even those who are not yet Bar or Bat Mitzvah, is eligible for an aliyah. At Olam Tikvah, we celebrate with Aliyot for All.

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